Training camp is in progress for men's soccer
The Olympics not only help bring the world together but theyâ€TMre also helping to bring the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs menâ€TMs soccer team together. The Mountain Lions are in Buena Vista, Colo., this week for training camp.
â€œA big critical part of it is the Olympics; weâ€TMve got the one TV and were able to get like two stations and one of them just happens to be the Olympics,â€ said head coach Henry Ellis. â€œEveryoneâ€TMs just crowded around cheering and thatâ€TMs just helping us a lot more.â€
With 28 players - 16 of whom are new to the program - attending training camp, team chemistry and unity is an important part of team success.
â€œA big part of my personal philosophy of team success is the team chemistry,â€ said Ellis. â€œI think a key to that is us staying all together in one place. [The chemistry is] actually coming along a lot faster than I thought it would and Iâ€TMm definitely excited about that.â€
Buena Vista offers gorgeous views, a perfect temperature, and an altitude of around 7,965 feet which is almost 2,000 feet higher than Colorado Springs.
Training camp is broken into two sessions: a morning session that runs from about 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and an afternoon session that runs from about 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The first day of training camp the players participated in a fitness test to gauge their fitness and commitment. A major focus for the rest of training camp will be footwork, ball handling skills, and passing.
â€œTraining is going good; itâ€TMs really intense the guys are responding really well to it,â€ said Ellis. â€œSo weâ€TMre definitely excited to be here.â€
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